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FORMER Rangers shop staff have won compensation after losing their jobs in the club's £48million deal with JJB Sports.

The sportswear chain has given payments understood to total tens of thousands of pounds to 10 staff just weeks before JJB bosses were due to appear before an employment tribunal in Glasgow.

The GMB union which represented the 10 will now ditch legal action against the Wigan-based store group.

Financial details are being kept under wraps after store chiefs insisted on confidentiality.

Most of the workers were based at the Rangers Superstore at Ibrox Stadium and were among 250 staff sacked last summer when 18 club shops in Scotland - including those in Sauchiehall Street and St Enoch's Centre, Glasgow - and in Northern Ireland were closed.

The outlets were axed after Rangers signed a deal which allowed JJB to exclusively design and sell club merchandise.

Critics claim both parties later decided not to rebrand the Ibrox superstore as JJB because the chain sells Celtic tops.

Keeping the Rangers name meant the home ground store, although taken over by JJB, would continue to sell Rangers-only merchandise.

Ian King of the GMB has consistently argued that all staff should have switched to JJB Sports under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) legislation.

The retail giant did not admit breaching the law but the cash settlement offered was accepted.

Mr King said: "We are delighted with our union lawyers for managing to negotiate excellent settlement terms. It justifies our decision to take JJB Sports to task."

The GMB is fighting for cash compensation from the club for 19 other sacked workers. Rangers is accused of unfair dismissal and failing to consult with the workforce.

The GMB also plans to try to win a court order to force the football club to hand over records of confidential board meetings at which the JJB deal was discussed. Rangers refused to comment.

8:07am today

By Gordon Thomson

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/misc/print.php?artid=1842088

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FORMER Rangers shop staff have won compensation after losing their jobs in the club's £48million deal with JJB Sports.

The sportswear chain has given payments understood to total tens of thousands of pounds to 10 staff just weeks before JJB bosses were due to appear before an employment tribunal in Glasgow.

The GMB union which represented the 10 will now ditch legal action against the Wigan-based store group.

Financial details are being kept under wraps after store chiefs insisted on confidentiality.

Most of the workers were based at the Rangers Superstore at Ibrox Stadium and were among 250 staff sacked last summer when 18 club shops in Scotland - including those in Sauchiehall Street and St Enoch's Centre, Glasgow - and in Northern Ireland were closed.

The outlets were axed after Rangers signed a deal which allowed JJB to exclusively design and sell club merchandise.

Critics claim both parties later decided not to rebrand the Ibrox superstore as JJB because the chain sells Celtic tops.

Keeping the Rangers name meant the home ground store, although taken over by JJB, would continue to sell Rangers-only merchandise.

Ian King of the GMB has consistently argued that all staff should have switched to JJB Sports under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) legislation.

The retail giant did not admit breaching the law but the cash settlement offered was accepted.

Mr King said: "We are delighted with our union lawyers for managing to negotiate excellent settlement terms. It justifies our decision to take JJB Sports to task."

The GMB is fighting for cash compensation from the club for 19 other sacked workers. Rangers is accused of unfair dismissal and failing to consult with the workforce.

The GMB also plans to try to win a court order to force the football club to hand over records of confidential board meetings at which the JJB deal was discussed. Rangers refused to comment.

8:07am today

By Gordon Thomson

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/misc/print.php?artid=1842088

They should reach a quick agreement and move on.

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The way I read it the club owe the employees money under the The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2006/20060246.htm

In layman's terms, as they weren't offered suitable employment with JJB sports they are due redunduncy money.

I hope the club settles with the remaining ex employees soon. Many of them were fellow bears.

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